Development cooperation and humanitarian aid from the UN

Poverty, AIDS, environmental degradation and water scarcity are just a few of the challenges that individual countries can no longer meet on their own. The United Nations (UN) play a central role in development cooperation and humanitarian aid worldwide. Switzerland also participates in the commitment of the international community.

In recent years Switzerland has channelled around 40% of its public development aid through international organizations. It is one of the most important providers of funds for the UN’s most significant development programmes.

Switzerland makes financial contributions and participates actively in the executive organs of these organizations. Most Swiss public funds for development are reserved for bilateral projects, which however are coordinated with UN programmes.

Swiss developpment and cooperation and the UN agencies

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Swiss Guidelines on human rights defenders

Switzerland supports the work of human rights defenders and aims to improve their protection on the ground from arbitrary treatment, threats and violence. The FDFA's guidelines on the protection of human rights defenders serve as a framework for the Swiss representations abroad.



30 years of Swiss participation in election observations: Review and outlook

This anniversary publication places Switzerland's election observation operations in their historical context, explains the comprehensive approach behind election observation and electoral assistance from different perspectives, and sets out some of the new challenges we face in the digital age. The analysis and statistics are complemented by field reports from 30 years of election observation.



Swiss Peace Supporter 3/2019

This issue assesses the progress achieved and new challenges faced in implementing the anti-personnel mine ban convention. The 4th Review Conference, to be held in Oslo in November 2019, will provide an opportunity to renew the treaty's commitment to a mine-free world in response to some recent, worrying statistics. In addition, we look back on the 30th anniversary of Switzerland's participation in international election observation missions.



Die konsularischen Dienstleistungen des EDA: Jahresausgabe 2018

Die Welt der konsularischen Dienstleistungen in Zahlen (2018). Die jährlich aktualisierte Broschüre zeigt auf, welche Dienstleistungen das EDA in der Schweiz als auch im Aussennetz für die Schweizerbürgerinnen und Schweizerbürger erbringt.



Swiss Peace Supporter 2/2019

On 23 June 1999, the Federal Council made the decision to participate in the UN military peacekeeping mission in Kosovo. Since then, 620 women and 7,880 men have been involved in peacekeeping operations with the ‘Swiss Company’, abbreviated to SWISSCOY. This latest edition of ‘Swiss Peace Supporter’ tracks the progress of the peacekeeping mission. It also includes eye-witness reports of election monitoring in Ukraine and Nigeria.




Switzerland's contribution to the enlarged EU: 2018 Annual Report

Information on the results achieved in the last three remaining country programmes that are still under way, e.g. mine clearance in Croatia, the promotion of SMEs in Romania and decommissioned trams from Basel improving Bulgaria's public transport system. The report also briefly explains the background to the second Swiss contribution to selected EU member countries.




The UN is reviewing how it operates to achieve the sustainable development goals


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Publisher DEZA/SECO

The Swiss contribution in brief

Information on Switzerland’s contribution to the enlarged EU: a brief presentation including project examples.










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Annual Report 2015 SDC / SECO - Swiss International Cooperation

The Annual Report shows in five sections how in 2015 the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) opened up new prospects for the populations of their partner countries. In addition, the SDC provided emergency aid on the ground to the victims of armed conflicts and to forcibly displaced people.



Annual Report Statistics 2015 SDC / SECO – Swiss International Cooperation

The 'Statistics 2015' booklet of the Annual Report consists of two parts, one presenting key figures on official development assistance (ODA) and the other the annual expenditures of the SDC and of the SECO. The booklet contains tables and graphs providing readers with a detailed overview of Switzerland's international cooperation activities.




Report on the SDC's work against gender-baded violence

Addressing Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) is a topic in which SDC has amassed considerable experience over the last 15–20 years. This document brings together and analyses the knowledge generated over these years. Today SDC is supporting programmes directly addressing SGBV in 12 different countries, with a financial envelope of over CHF 10 million per annum.





Switzerland's Foreign Policy Action Plan on Preventing Violent Extremism

With this Foreign Policy Action Plan on Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE), Switzerland wants to contribute to counter-terrorism through preventative measures. Tackling direct and structural causes of violent extremism requires long-term, sustainable commitment in transitional and fragile contexts as well as in conflict zones.



Swiss Peace Supporter 1/2016

This edition is dedicated to the subject of prevention – in terms of health and security – for people working in peacebuilding missions. For these experts involved on the ground, both physical and mental factors are important to maintaining a healthy balance between work and free time, and to carrying out missions successfully. This edition also looks at the issue of gender within the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine and the experience of the OAS in demobilising the different armed groups in Colombia.



Swiss Enlargement Contribution Annual Report 2015

The annual report contains an overview of concrete results and the status of project implementation. Over 500 doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers from the new EU member states received scholarships in 2015 to do research in Switzerland. Bulgaria introduced legislation that provides for outpatient care based on the Swiss Spitex model, and Slovenia halved the heating and electricity bills of schools through energy efficiency renovations and renewable energies.



The Swiss contribution – Reports on the results of Swiss international cooperation 2013-16

For the first time the SDC and SECO report together on the results achieved by Swiss international cooperation. The folder contains the reports “The achievements of the «SDC and SECO takes stock». Their purpose is to inform on the results achieved within the framework of the 2013–2016 Dispatch to Parliament on International Cooperation. Available only in printed format.



Vocational skills development: key to employment and income

The brochure illustrates the SDC engagement in vocational education and training. First, the Swiss vocational education and training system is briefly explained. Second, examples of VET projects in Nepal, Albany, Niger, Bangladesh and Honduras are presented in order to illustrate how, where and which elements of the Swiss VET system are implemented in the partner countries.



Swiss Foreign Policy strategy 2016-19

The strategy sets out the Federal Council's priorities and areas of special interest in foreign policy. Its strategic objectives for the 2016-2019 legislative period include consolidating and regulating relations with the EU and the EU and EFTA countries, working more closely with global partners, expanding mediation activities in the field of peace and security, and pursuing the commitment to sustainable development and prosperity.


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Financement et assurance des risques de désastre (fr)

Le changement climatique augmente les risques de catastrophes naturelles, qui déstabilisent souvent les finances publiques des pays concernés. La Suisse et la Banque mondiale ont lancé un programme qui vise à rendre les finances de ces pays plus résistantes aux catastrophes naturelles.


Publisher SDC

Microfinancement pour un meilleur accès à l'eau (fr)

Un meilleur accès à l'eau d'irrigation permet d'en faire un usage plus rationnel et améliorer la production agricole. La Suisse soutient en Afrique de l'Ouest une initiative qui répond aux besoins des paysans.



Publisher SDC

Beans improve nutrition in Sub-Sahara Africa

Beans are a significant source of income for rural households and play an important role in combating malnutrition. The Pan-African Bean Research Alliance's program contributes to improved nutrition and health food security in 28 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.



Publisher SDC

"Realizing the potential of smallholder farming"

For smallholder farmers to be able to make a substantive contribution to food security, they must expand their production beyond their own needs to meet market demand. The film recounts the SDC’s efforts on behalf of smallholder farmers with regard to land rights, access to information and rural development.


Publisher SDC

Climate Change: Effectiveness Report 2014

The SDC and SECO regularly analyse the impact of their measures in selected thematic areas in the form of effectiveness reports. This English-language short film presents the range and scope of SDC/SECO development cooperation projects in the area of climate change during the period 2000–2012 and the results they achieved. The video complements the official report published in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.



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